Committees

Logo SIMoNATOYou can apply to be an individual delegate in one of the following 4 NATO committees/ councils:

1.North Atlantic Council (NAC)  

The North Atlantic Council (NAC) is the principal political decision-making body within NATO and the only committee that was established by the Alliance’s founding treaty. Under Article 9, the NAC is invested with the authority to set up “such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary” for the purposes of implementing the treaty. Over the years, the Council has established a network of committees to facilitate the Alliance’s work and deal with all subjects on its agenda.

You can apply for 3 of the following 28 NATO member states in order of preference. You shall represent only ONE state, ultimately, at the event. So, choose carefully among: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, The United States of America.

Note! All this simulation is a serious business and you must NOT convey and express your personal opinions, beliefs and wishes on any matter being formally discussed but you must be the voice of and support the interest of the country you represent based on previous treaties signed by the state you represent and based on the positions so far voiced by the Government, as well as by the official representative of the given state in the particular committee you are part of, together with being in constant contact with the other members of your delegation (if you are a part of one).

Defence Policy and Planning Committee  (DPPC)

The Defence Policy and Planning Committee (DPPC) is the senior advisory body to the North Atlantic Council on defence matters concerning all member countries and it also has the lead on defence aspects of Partnership.

It is a key committee bringing together defence counsellors from all national delegations. It deals with a broad range of issues such as transformation, defence capabilities, agency reform, common-funded acquisition and missile defence, and in Reinforced format (DPPC(R)) it manages the NATO Defence Planning Process.

Chairmanship is flexible depending on the topics being discussed, but the DPPC’s permanent Chairman is the Assistant Secretary General for Defence Policy and Planning; in Reinforced format  it is chaired by the Deputy Secretary General of NATO. The deputy chairman is the Deputy Assistant Secretary General of the Defence Policy and Planning Division.

This committee has been called the DPPC since the June 2010 committee reform. It replaced both the Executive Working Group and the Defence Review Committee. It has no subordinate committees under its remit.

You can apply for 3 of the following 28 NATO member states in order of preference. You shall represent only ONE state, ultimately, at the event. So, choose carefully among: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, The United States of America.

Note! All this simulation is a serious business and you must NOT convey and express your personal opinions, beliefs and wishes on any matter being formally discussed but you must be the voice of and support the interest of the country you represent based on previous treaties signed by the state you represent and based on the positions so far voiced by the Government, as well as by the official representative of the given state in the particular committee you are part of, together with being in constant contact with the other members of your delegation (if you are a part of one).

3.The Partnerships and Cooperative Security Committee (PCSC)

This is the single politico-military committee responsible for all NATO’s outreach programmes with non-member countries. It also handles NATO’s relations with other international organisations.

The PCSC provides the North Atlantic Council with comprehensive and integrated advice across the entire spectrum of NATO’s outreach policy.

The committee meets in various formats: “at 28” among Allies; with partners in NATO’s regionally specific partnership frameworks, namely the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative; with individual non-member countries in “28+1” formats; as well as in “28+n” formats on particular subjects, if agreed by Allies.

The PCSC was initially called the Political and Partnerships Committee (PPC). During the April 2010 committee reform, the PPC succeeded the Political Committee, absorbing all of its responsibilities. However, in September 2014, when the Political Committee was re-established, the PPC was renamed and its role redefined.

You can apply for 3 of them following countries in order of preference. You shall represent only ONE state ultimately at the event. So, choose carefully among:

28 NATO member states: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, The United States of America;

Partner countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Iraq, Ireland,Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan,Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tunisia,Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan.

Note! All this simulation is a serious business and you must NOT convey and express your personal opinions, beliefs and wishes on any matter being formally discussed but you must be the voice of and support the interest of the country you represent based on previous treaties signed by the state you represent and based on the positions so far voiced by the Government, as well as by the official representative of the given state in the particular committee you are part of, together with being in constant contact with the other members of your delegation (if you are a part of one).

4.The NATO-Russia Council (NRC) 

This council was conceived as a mechanism for consultation, consensus-building, cooperation, joint decision and joint action. Within the NRC, the individual NATO member states and Russia have worked as equal partners on a wide spectrum of security issues of common interest.

Following Russia’s illegal military intervention in Ukraine and its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, in April 2014 the Alliance suspended all practical cooperation between NATO and Russia including in the NRC. However, the Alliance agreed to keep channels of communication open in the NRC and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council at the Ambassadorial level and above, to allow the exchange of views, first and foremost on this crisis. In April 2016, almost two years after the last meeting of the NRC, NRC members agree to convene a meeting.

The NRC was established at the NATO-Russia Summit in Rome on 28 May 2002 by the Declaration on “NATO-Russia Relations: a New Quality”. The Rome Declaration builds on the goals and principles of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, which remains the formal basis for NATO-Russia relations. The NRC replaced the Permanent Joint Council (PJC), a forum for consultation and cooperation created by the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act.

Under the NRC, Russia and NATO member states meet as equals “at 29” – instead of in the bilateral “NATO+1” format under the PJC.

The purpose of the NRC has been to serve as the principal structure and venue for advancing the relationship between NATO and Russia. Operating on the basis of consensus, it has sought to promote continuous political dialogue on security issues with a view to the early identification of emerging problems, the determination of common approaches, the development of practical cooperation and the conduct of joint operations, as appropriate. Work under the NATO-Russia Council has focused on all areas of mutual interest identified in the Founding Act. New areas have been added to the NRC’s agenda by the mutual consent of its members.

You can apply for 3 of them in order of your preference. You shall represent only ONE state ultimately at the event. So, choose carefully among the following: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, The United States of America and The Russian Federation.

Note! All this simulation is a serious business and you must NOT convey and express your personal opinions, beliefs and wishes on a matter being discussed but you must be the voice and support the interest of the country based on previous treaties signed by the state you represent and based on the positions so far voiced by the Government  as well as by official representative of the given state in the particular committee you are part of, together with being in constant contact with the other members of your delegation (if you are a part of one).

Information on the roles of the 4 NATO committees taken from NATO’s website: http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_49174.html

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